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Politics

Philip Guston drew Richard Nixon's face as a hairy scrotum and phallus—what would he make of President Trump?

The physiognomy of deviousness, greed, ruthless opportunism, risible self-importance and gobsmacking albeit garden variety stupidity provides artists of Guston’s bent and calibre with a virtually bottomless well of imagery

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Appointments & departures

Influential political cartoonist Steve Bell dropped by the Guardian newspaper after 40 years

Biting satirist looks to art history for some of his caricatures, such as a recent sketch of Boris Johnson as Mona Lisa

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Book Shorts

Political cartoonist Gerald Scarfe tells the story of his life and work in new book

For more than 60 years the rapier-sharp pen has wounded his enemies deeply and he has met all the great and the good of our day

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Book Shorts

Peter Kennard’s artistic political commentaries cloy when they are presented altogether as they are in this book

The artist’s unremitting commitment to the Left may be commendable, but has limited his development as an artist

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Hong Kong

As crisis deepens, activists stage pro-democracy exhibition in Hong Kong

Show at WMA Space tells the “story of HongKongers” through protest ephemera

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Exhibitions

Tate Modern chronicles the rise of Black Power in post-war America

Soul of a Nation includes around 150 works looking at the realities of the African American experience

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Exhibitions

Rebellion show marks 1967 Detroit riot

Organised by the Detroit Institute of Arts, it is one of many commemorative events occurring throughout the city

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Exhibitions

Forged in war, revolution and turmoil, works head for Les Rencontres d’Arles

The annual photography festival assembles works that open up doors closed by political turbulence

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Exhibitions

Saudi Arabian artist Gharem’s first US solo show escapes shadow of 9/11

Political and poignant, Gharem's art reflects on one of the defining moments of the 21st century

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Copyright

The verdict that flies in the face of art history: Luc Tuymans guilty of copyright infringement

A Belgian court recently found Tuymans guilty, a ruling that ignores appropriation’s vital role in art over the centuries and has worrying implications for the future

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Exhibitions

Artists confront violence across the Middle East in new exhibition opening in Amsterdam

“Fight History” is the second in the "Crisis of History" series on at the Tolhuistuin

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Artist interview

Interview with Mike Nelson: On the biennale, Turkey, and being “not quite sure what installation is…”

His work at the Venice Biennale has meant rebuilding an installation inside a rebuilt caravanserai within the British Pavilion

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Artist interview

Interview with Jonathan Meese: "I am the samurai of art”

The German artist explains why he puts aggression and provocation centre stage—along with his mum

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Artist interview

Interview with Shirin Neshat: “For Iranian artists, being silent is like taking the side of the demon”

As her debut movie, “Women Without Men”, screens in Basel, the artist explains that cinema is closer to her people

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Valencia

Museo Valenciano de la Ilustración director steps down

Follows censorship controversy

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Artist interview

Interview with Jenny Holzer: In her own words (or not, as the case may be)

The American artist on her “odd and lonely” childhood, other people’s texts and why she’s returned to painting

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Artist interview

Why paintings succeed where words fail: Interview with Luc Tymans

The Belgian artist talked to us about the messages art can convey on the eve of exhibitions in Europe, Russia and the United States

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Artist interview

Interview with Grayson Perry: The “The Guernica of the credit crunch”

Perry is about to show his most ambitious work, a huge tapestry depicting images of consumer excess and retribution

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Iraq

Two artists and an soldier are taking the war in Iraq to the American people

A British conceptual artist, an Iraqi artist, and a US soldier who served in Iraq travelled from New York to Los Angeles with the remains of a car destroyed in a Baghdad bomb attack in tow

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Iraq

Interview with Jeremy Deller on tackling the troubled legacy of Iraq War

Turner prize-winner to take the controversial show on a three-week tour of the US in late March

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Art fairs

The Disarmory presents artists who have conceptually disarmed a work of their choosing

Themed events at the fair include, “Armed and Dangerous” and “The Wartime Ball”, taking place this weekend

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Museums

Pakistan’s contemporary museum launches with anti-war art

President Musharraf has encouraged artists to promote a “peaceful and tolerant” image of their country through their work

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Artist interview

The art of protest: Interview with Nancy Spero

Still angry in her 80s

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Lawrence Gagosian

News from New York: Larry Gagosian gets exposed while US presidents get hosed

Meanwhile, doctors form an art club and Mimran takes on Type A

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Art fairs

Allora & Calzadilla: sonic warfare for Moore Space project

The artists have installed a concrete-grey fortification inside the gallery as an anti-war statement

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US politics

Amateur painter's Anti-Bush painting in cafeteria exhibition enrages Republicans

But California Attorney General defends freedom of speech

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US politics

As conservatives switch their sights from art to social issues, are the culture wars over for artists?

The Bush administration and its supporters now have their guns trained on social policy

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Exhibitions

Nancy Spero's War series on display at Galerie Lelong

The artistic equivalent of standing in front of a tank

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War & Conflict

Images of the Iraq war

Brutality and the bad, bad taste of evil

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US politics

Artists lead anti-war protests as the US prepares to invade Iraq

Polls show the public could not care less what the art world thinks

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Royal Academy of Arts

Anti-American slogans by artists are painted over, allegedly for fear of alienating a US sponsor

An act of censorship or tact?

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September 2001

Luc Tymans: on pigeon power

Belgium's representative at this year's Venice Biennale explains why pigeons are not symbols of peace, how he depicts violence without actually showing it and why he returned to painting

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September 2001

Jenny Holzer: towards the mot juste

The US artist on text being just one medium in her work and how trying to measure up to Goya can keep her motionless for months

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Artist interview

Leon Golub is still getting to the real at the Brooklyn Museum of Art

Charles Saatchi and Eli Broad both collect him, but only 13 US museums have examples of this artistic rebel’s work

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Books

Books: Documenting war, populism, protest and propaganda

Three books show that the depiction of war in art is as various as other human responses to the phenomenon

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Books

Books: Modernism behind the Iron Curtain and in wartime Paris

The progress of Modernism in the Communist States and the response of the French Avant-garde to World War I are examined in these two books

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Political Art

What's on in New York: From Andre Emmerich to Zabriskie

Major show of political art dominates at John Weber Gallery, and there is also a new group of Rauschenberg’s (this year’s flavour) and Beckmann, Barlach, Lehmbruck and Constable on offer